Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Let's Do The News! (March 22, 2016)

- The Chinese government is flexing its military muscle in the South China Sea, driving away Filipino fishermen from Panatag Shoal and preventing the Indonesian coast guard from detaining a Chinese vessel caught poaching in Indonesian waters. Earlier, 10 Filipino fishermen reported being harassed from the Panatag Shoal by Chinese coast guard at the weekend. Also, the incident occured on the 19th of March prompted the Indonesian government to take it to the international tribunal of the law of the sea.

- During US President Barack Obama's historical Cuban visit, he prodded with Cuban leader Raul Castro over human rights and the longstanding US economic embargo during an unprecedented news conference that stunned Cubans unaccustomed to their leaders being aggressively question. During his meeting at the Palace of the Revolution, Obama repeatedly pushed Castro to take steps to address Cuba's human rights record.

- For this year's Balikatan exercises, mobile rocket and missile platforms will be deployed for the first time in a live-fire drill to be held at the Crow Valley gunnery range in Tarlac, amid rising tensions in the South China Sea. Aside from the usual air and armored assets, the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System will be used in the live-fire phase of the exercise, according to the spokesman for this year's joint military drill.

- Japan's new security laws will take effect on the 29th of March. The legislation allows the nation to exercise the right to collective self-defense as well as expansion of Self Defense Forces globally. The new laws were enacted by the Diet last year.

- The South Korean government confirmed the country's first case of the Zika virus. The Health and Welfare Ministry said that a 43-year-old male was diagnosed with the mosquito-borne virus earlier in the day. The man reportedly stayed in Brazil in over three weeks on business before returning to South Korea on the 11th of March. He suffered a fever after his return and he'd been bitten by a mosquito in Brazil.

- The South Korean National Defense Ministry believes that North Korea used a new type of launch system when it fired five projectiles yesterday. The Korean Central News Agency reported that the country had tested a new type of high-caliber multiple rocket launching system in the presence of leader Kim Jong Un. The rpeort said the launch was the rocket's final test before operational deployment and that targets in South Korea lie within its range.

- The Federal Bureau of Investigation says an outside source may be able to hack the iPhone used by the suspect in last year's San Bernardino shootout. It says if viable, it would no longer need Apple's help to crack the phone. A California court has agreed to the FBI's request to delay the hearing on the matter scheduled for Tuesday.

- Ford, Shelby American, and Hertz will present the 2016 Mustang Shelby GT-H at the New York Auto Show, honoring the 50th anniversary of the original Rent-A-Racer. True to its roots, 140 units will be made for rental use.

2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT-H
- Lucas Till will be playing as the new MacGyver in an upcoming reboot fo the classic 80's TV action show. Alongside Till are former CSI actor George Eads and new comer Joshua Boone.

- During last weekend's live event, singer TM Revolution announced that MAGES' fictional male idol group B-PROJECT will star in their very first video game adaptation. The singer will serve as the project's producer while composer/writer Chiyomaru Shikura is the original creator in chage of project planning. B-PROJECT, so far, features four fictional idol groups; Kitakore, Thrive, MooNs, and Killer King.


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